From Dave Coleman
When I planned the two Stretford Meadows walks, it was with the experience of seeing literally hundreds of Gatekeepers and many Meadow Browns and other butterflies in August and September in 2015 and 2016.
I chose two walks in the same location this year, to cover us for inclement weather and potential late emergence, which might have meant that the August walk was too early, so September would give us a second chance.
What I hadn’t banked on was that this year the seasons would confound us - nearly all the flowers and food plants at this location have already long gone to seed, weeks ahead of 2015 and 2016. Our first “early” walk on August 20th turned up a handful of Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Whites, and Speckled Woods, but far less than I expected and a reconnaissance walk nearby last weekend in perfect conditions turned up even less, so I suspect that doing what is quite a long walk 2 weeks later again will turn up very little - and I don’t want to disappoint those new to butterflying. So with apologies for any disappointment, we are not going to run the walk this weekend.